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The Years of the Berlin Film Festival
Posted February 11, 2010 to photo album "The Years of the Berlin Film Festival"
The Berlinale turns 60 this year. What a strange journey it’s been.
Slide 16: 2004 - A Different Type Of German Film
Fatih Akin with his Golden Bear.
The big surprise in 2004 was not that a German film won the Golden Bear, but that the filmmaker was Turkish. Fatih Akin’s much praised Head-On, about an unruly romance in Berlin, garnered praise and political pondering. The newspaper Die Welt asked, “We’re somebody again – but the question arises, who ‘we’ actually are.” Indeed concepts of national cinema were thrown into more confusion with the push for international financing at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Other films also echoed this deconstruction of national identity. The Silver Bear-winning film Lost Embrace was directed by Daniel Burman, who holds both Polish and Argentine citizenship. And the Columbian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno won a Silver Bear for her performance in the American independent film Maria Full of Grace.